Membership benefits

University and Ordinary Members have voting rights for six of our Board Directors. All members (including Associate Members) can attend and speak at annual general meetings, although Associate Members cannot vote at the AGM.

There are no costs in nominating a member, no fees or charges and no compulsory meetings/activities. If the Institute is wound up, University and Ordinary Members must contribute up to $10 to cover payment of debts.

Research groups wishing to nominate a member must complete an application pack and submit it for consideration at a Board of Directors meeting.

To discuss becoming a member, please contact Amanda Dominello, Manager, Research Office, for more information.

The Institute encourages participation from all researchers and others interested in research in NSW. If you would like to be notified of our news, events and program updates, please subscribe to our e-newsletter, Evidence Matters.

The Sax Institute determines membership eligibility on the basis of research group output. Universities and research groups must nominate an individual to represent them as a Member of the Company. All Members must have a philosophy consistent with the Institute’s objectives and which includes a commitment to research excellence.

University Membership

Universities are nominated by one University Member and seconded by another University Member of the Company. They must have an established research facility in public health or health services.

University of Sydney, University of New South Wales and University of Newcastle members become Directors (members of the Board). Each University Member contributes equally to the ‘university vote’ at Annual General Meetings.

Ordinary Membership

Research centres must be nominated by a University Member as a research group of national or international standing. The research centre must be involved in public health or health services research and the researcher nominated as Member must also have national or international standing. They must be known to the nominating University Member.

Research centres (including schools or departments of public health and community medicine) are eligible for Ordinary or Associate Membership and the Board will make the final decision about which membership category applies. It reserves the right to accept a centre based on whether it has skills or expertise important to the Institute. The Board will consider publications in peer review journals, competitive research funds and impact of research on policy and practice. In making a determination the Board will apply the membership criteria to the entire research centre’s contribution.

Each Ordinary Member will contribute equally to the ‘research vote’ at AGMs.

Ordinary membership criteria

Either the research centre:

  • Received at least $1 million in research funds from any source over the past three years OR
  • Published 20 or more papers in peer review journals over the past four years. Authored reports published by governments and books and book chapters will be considered as publications and the Board will assess their contribution to knowledge, policy and practice in determining whether they equate to one or more peer review journal papers OR
  • Can demonstrate a substantial contribution to the development of policy or practice. The centre will be asked to make a case for impact to be considered by the Board. This case might include the number of reports published by governments or examples of work translating into policy and practice in the previous four years.

Associate Membership

Research centres must be nominated for Associate membership by a University Member as a research group involved in public health or health services research. The researcher nominated as a Member must be a researcher of standing known to the nominating University Member. The Board will determine whether a research centre is eligible for Associate or Ordinary Membership as described above.

Associate membership criteria

Research centres will be eligible to nominate an Associate Member if they do not meet the criteria for Ordinary membership and have at least five publications in peer review journals in the past three years.